Solidarity message to Filipino People on 106th Anniversary of Philippine-American War
Issued by New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
February 10, 2005
New Jersey Solidarity-Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
expresses its support for and solidarity with the struggling Filipino
people in their struggle for genuine national democracy and national
liberation. On the 106th anniversary of the Filipino-American War of
1899, the people of the Philippines and of Palestine stand united on
the front lines of the struggle of the oppressed peoples and nations of
the world against imperialism. The history of the Philippines is, like
that of Palestine, a history of colonization and resistance, sharing a
common legacy of murderous imperialist assaults upon the Palestinian
and Filipino peoples, as well as a common heritage of continual
struggle, continual resistance, and firm refusal to surrender to
imperialist dictates and external control.
The Palestinian people have, for nearly fifty-seven years, been
struggling for their existence against the so-called state of "Israel,"
a racist, apartheid colonial settler state, established through the
dispossession and oppression of the Palestinian people and the
occupation of Palestinian land. The Zionist armies that seized
Palestine in 1948, supported by the imperialist powers of the world and
principally US imperialism, took over colonial control of Palestine
from the British colonial authorities that preceded them. The transfer
of power was not unlike that of the Philippines from Spain to the
United States, colonial powers and movements finding in each other,
despite their rivalries, partners in the continued colonial occupation
and oppression of the people of Palestine and the Philippines. Since
1948, as they did previously under the British, the people of Palestine
have been struggling for national liberation and self-determination,
their right to live free of occupation and oppression, and the right of
five million Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland and their
original homes and villages from which they were expelled in the
pursuit of a "pure," racist, settler-colonial state.
The Palestinian people, in Palestine 1948, in the West Bank and Gaza,
and in the diaspora, have faced the guns of the "Israeli" state for
this time, armed and fully funded by the government of the U.S. The
state of "Israel" has, in fact, been the agent of US imperialism
against the Arab people, waging wars of aggression and a continual
assault of terror against the Palestinian Arab people. When Palestinian
leaders are assassinated, it is with U.S. missiles fired from U.S.
helicopters; when Palestinian children are shot, it is with U.S.
bullets fired from U.S. rifles; when Palestinian farmers are separated
by their land, it is with a U.S. bought-and-paid-for apartheid wall;
and when Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps are bombed, it
is with U.S. bombs dropping from U.S. planes. Nevertheless, the
Palestinian national movement, and the Palestinian people in their
entirety, have continued to resist, to demand their full national
liberation, and their return home. The people of Palestine have become
a symbol to the world precisely because they have stood on the front
lines against U.S. imperialism, fighting on in a revolution until
victory. This is a legacy of powerful resistance that is shared with
that of the Filipino people.
In recent years, the Palestinian people alongside their sisters and
brothers in the Philippines have been suffering the assaults of the
so-called "war on terror," in reality a war OF terror that has been
waged against the people of both Palestine and the Philippines, and in
fact, the people of the world. As the US wages war on Iraq and
Afghanistan, sends its troops to the Philippines, Colombia, Haiti and
elsewhere, funds and arms an ever-increasing assault upon the
Palestinian people and threatens people around the world, from Iran and
Syria to Cuba and Venezuela, it has not found easy victories or
subservience - instead, it has met with RESISTANCE from the people of
the world, determined to stand for their national rights and
self-determination, and with resistance at home, as the broad masses of
this country stand against imperialism and war. US imperialism has
attempted to criminalize resistance and label revolutionaries as
"terrorists," claiming a right to assassinate around the world and to
trample upon self-determination. From Professor Jose Maria Sison, the
Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People's Army to the
Palestinian resistance movement and its organizations, the
revolutionary movements of the people have been branded as "terrorists"
while the real terrorists slaughter with impunity. This criminalization
has included a war on people's movements at all levels, from the legal
national democratic organizations of the Philippines, targeted for
military assault, assassinations and repression, including the killing
of over 40 BAYAN MUNA campaigners in the most recent elections, to any
and all organizations in support of the Palestinian people, including
numerous charities and popular organizations.
Let us be very clear - it is not the revolutionary movement in the
Philippines nor the resistance in Palestine who are the "terrorists."
That is a label best reserved for US imperialism and its agents. From
Palestine, to the Philippines, to Colombia, Iraq and around the world,
the revolutionary movements of the people will not be slaughtered by
military assaults nor suppressed by repressive legislation, but will
instead continue to resist and to struggle for genuine national
democracy and national liberation. Popular resistance, from Palestine
to the Philippines, to Iraq and Afghanistan, to Colombia and Haiti, to
Venezuela and Cuba, to Nepal and Peru to right here in the United
States, will ensure that this so-called "war on terror" will never be
It is an honor to present this statement of solidarity and of mutual
struggle for national liberation and national democracy and in
confrontation with U.S. imperialism. The people of Palestine stand hand
in hand with those of the Philippines and will continue the struggle
until all of Palestine, from the river to the sea, is free, until every
refugee may return home, and until imperialism is defeated everywhere.
Free, free Palestine!
Stop the US war machine from Palestine to the Philippines!
Long live international solidarity!